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County renews deal with AMR

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American Medical Response will continue to serve as El Paso County’s medical response team, the result of a five-year contract approved by the El Paso County Board of Commissioners.
The contract, which also requires approval from the Colorado Springs City Council, promises better response times, clearer standards for response zones and increased fines for missing the standard response time. Continue Reading County renews deal with AMR

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Most Coloradoans will be carrying extra weight

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Two of three Coloradoans will be overweight or obese by 2017, if current trends continue.
And your chances of being among that group are significantly greater if you didn’t graduate from high school, or if you make less than $25,000 a year.
The Colorado Health Foundation’s latest study examines the link between low-income families, people with less education and obesity. Continue Reading Most Coloradoans will be carrying extra weight

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Elderly people who have a positive outlook, low stress levels, moderate alcohol consumption, abstain from tobacco, and have moderate to higher income and no chronic health conditions are more likely to thrive in their old age.
A study in the October issue of the Journals of Gerontology, Medical Sciences found that elderly people who maintained excellent health during an entire decade were considered “thrivers.” Most previous studies have been based on one-time surveys and focused on factors that contribute to poor health. Continue Reading There’s something to be said for power of positive thinking

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The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Humana Inc. to offer a health benefits program for chamber members.
The program is available to businesses that have as few as a single employee or as many as 99, and includes drug, dental, vision, wellness, employee assistance programs and life insurance coverage. Continue Reading Chamber offers health insurance options for small businesses

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Babies top reasons for hospital stays

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Newborn babies were the most common reason for a stay in a Colorado hospital during 2007.
The Colorado Hospital Association produces an annual report based on charges, lengths of stay and reasons for hospitalization for each hospital in the state.
Last year about 143,000 patients were expectant or new mothers and babies receiving care for conditions related to childbirth, pregnancy, normal newborns or newborns with complications. Continue Reading Babies top reasons for hospital stays

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Medicaid costs expected to double

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Medicaid spending will double in a decade, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Medicaid is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States. The study projects Medicaid spending growth will average about 7.9 percent from 2007 to 2017. However, the report does not consider the current economy, and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said government expenses could be higher. Continue Reading Medicaid costs expected to double

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While every county in Colorado has double-digit percentages of uninsured, figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that rural counties fare far worse than their urban counterparts.
The numbers show that Saguache County, with 37.8 percent uninsured, and San Juan, with 37.6 percent, lead the state. El Paso County’s uninsured rate is 17 percent, or 86,827 people. Continue Reading Colorado’s rural counties have highest percentage of uninsured

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The Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program will receive more than $10,000 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for “outstanding achievement.”
The program provides Medicare beneficiaries with counseling and benefits information, including help answering questions related to Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicare Advantage, prescription coverage and low-income assistance. Continue Reading Health Insurance Assistance Program receives CMS award

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Save money during open enrollment

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Health care costs continue to outpace inflation and pay raises, but people who take time to do their homework, weigh their choices and make smart decisions will be able to make their benefit dollars stretch farther next year.
That’s the advice from Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing company. The company’s research shows that workers will continue to pay more of their own money for benefits during 2009. Continue Reading Save money during open enrollment

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The National Institutes of Health is establishing a multi-site research network to conduct clinical trials for common menopausal symptoms.
The initiative, the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health, is being led by the National Institute on Aging in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Research on Women’s Health. Continue Reading Research network will focus on menopausal symptom treatment

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